Newly-promoted clubs look to stop the rot

Newly-promoted clubs look to stop the rot
Alan Mathews

Two of the Premier Division’s newly-promoted clubs clash at Tolka Park with Shelbourne looking to get back to winning ways after defeats in their last two games.

Monaghan secured their first win of the campaign when they beat Bohemians on their last visit to Dublin and they beat Shels on two visits to Tolka Park in the First Division last season.

Shelbourne continue without long-term injury victims Lorcan Fitzgerald and Stephen Hurley while Kevin Dawson is available having passed a fitness test on Wednesday night. Stephen Paisley returns following last week’s suspension.

Monaghan United keeper Chris Bennion is s suspended and so is Keith Quinn. Garreth O’Connor is injured and Paul Whelan is doubtful.

Shelbourne boss Alan Mathews said: "Monaghan, like ourselves, are getting used to the demands of the Premier Division and have some very good players at the club.

"We are going to have to produce a really top class performance to achieve the three points on offer, but I firmly believe that we have the players to take on any side this season - and go into this game full of confidence."

Monaghan United manager Roddy Collins says his charges will have to up their game if they are to get anything out of tonight's encounter.

"I was extremely disappointed with both the result and overall performances against Bray Wanderers," he said.

"This week we are in Tolka Park, a venue that I like going to. It was a very successful ground for me as a manager and continued right up to last season when we won both games there.

"Shelbourne have done well since promotion to the Premier."

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